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Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics

About the Fellowship

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for the postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics.  The mission of this 2-year Fellowship is to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics.  Appointments will commence in summer 2016.

Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, which is among the world’s leading bioethics departments.  They will have full access to the intellectual resources of the larger Penn community. 

Fellows will receive a generous annual stipend, benefits, full tuition for a master’s degree in bioethics, and funds for academic books and travel.

The core fellowship experience will consist of:

  1. Mentored research:  Working with one or more faculty mentors, Fellows will be expected to conduct original research that will lead to the publication of at least 2 manuscripts in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Master’s degree in bioethics: Fellows are encouraged to undertake a program of study leading to either a Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) or a Master of Bioethics (MBE) degree, with the choice of degree depending on fellows’ interests and career plans.  Information about both degree programs is available at http://medicalethics.med.upenn.edu/education. Education programs will be tailored to individual fellow’s needs.
  3. Department seminars:  Fellows will participate in and present work at department seminars, including sessions focused on works-in-progress and presentations by department and affiliated faculty.
  4. Ethics committee and institutional review board experience:  Consistent with their interests, Fellows will gain ethics committee and/or institutional review board (IRB) experience at a Penn-affiliated hospital.

How to Apply


Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand (MDs, PhDs or equivalent, JDs), or who will receive such degrees by May of the year in which they apply to the fellowship.  Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, economics or anthropology.  Prior experience in bioethics is not required.

Applications are not being accepted at this time. The application period for the class entering in the summer/fall of 2017 will open in early October, 2016; applications will be due by Monday, December 5.

Please check back in early October 2016 for additional details.


For additional information, contact:

Angela Golub
Administrative Coordinator, Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics